The Msafara initiative continues to gather momentum. Check out the new website www.msafara.co.ke to learn more about how you can be involved.
Many churches across Kenya have signed on to Msafara and many more are signing on! Churches involved so far come from Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Naivasha, Thika and Voi. In some places, churches are even conducting ‘mini-msafaras’! Yesterday for instance, churches in Naivasha held a joint peace march around town. A great beginning for an urban center that was greatly affected by the violence.
In addition, countless churches across the country will be engaging in a joint night of prayer on this Friday (Feb 29th). Churches in Nairobi that will be hosting the prayers include International Christian Center, NPC Central, NPC BuruBuru, Good Shepherd Church, Solution Center, All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi Mission Church and Deliverance Church Umoja. We even have a church in Daresalaam joining us in prayer that night (see http://www.fota.or.tz)!
All this is extremely encouraging. Most of us in Nairobi don’t realize just how polarized the country is, especially in places like the Rift Valley. In areas where militias rule and fear is the order of the day, the Kofi Anann mediation only addresses a tip of the ice-berg. As I have traveled to some of these towns, I have become even more convinced about how urgently we need to mobilize the church to do the work of peace-building and care if we would want to see our beloved nation whole again.